Do you want to be blessed? Develop a servant’s heart. If Jesus stepped down from his glorious equality with God, and serve humans we ought to be willing to step down from SELF and serve Him & others.
Oh most gracious Father, this is the day that you have made and we rejoice in it. Thank you for life, provisions, strength, and guidance and for all your benefits of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank you for your mercy and grace in giving us an opportunity to dwell with you forever and never know pain and suffering again. Praise and Honor to You dear Lord!
Revelation 12 says: “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
In Mark 3:24, Jesus said “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Satan is not imaginary; he isn’t something people dreamed up just to try to explain the existence of evil. Satan is real, and the Bible makes it clear that he is a powerful (and evil) spiritual being who is absolutely opposed to God and His goodness.”
Devoted followers of Satan’s kingdom are the angels who fell during his rebellion, and the hearts of unregenerate men. The unregenerate men or women are those who reject God’s plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Satan’s domain or kingdom is the system that denies the Creator yet praises the things He created. Satan’s kingdom focuses upon hindering the plan of God and manipulating as many Souls as possible to Eternal separation from God.
John 1:12-13 explains, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
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Often times when we encounter uncomfortable issues in life and we have to tell it like it is, it is not that easy. However, it is easier to tell it like we want it. When we do this we cover up things we do not want revealed, we try to hide the truth. It is truly amazing how quickly we forget that God knows the truth and nothing but the truth and He’s watching us tell that big fat lie. No, not a half lie or half-truth, but just a lie …period. We so easily allow the devil to drive our car…drive us to do irrational things. Lying is not always intentional, it is human nature because humanity inherited the lying spirit of the devil that came through Adam and Eve. Lying is just one of the parts of the flesh that can only be crucified through accepting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who gives us His Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth with boldness and discretion. The Holy Spirit will not allow the devil to drive your car. He won’t let the devil take the wheel. Remember, some things are better left unsaid. It is imperative that we guard our tongue and maybe less lies will come out. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 12: 36 saying: And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.
Ephesians 4:25 reminds us to stop telling lies. Father God, According to Proverbs 6:16-19, lying is one of the seven things that the Lord hates. In the name of Jesus intervene in the lives of those who consistently and purposely lie. The spirit of lying is detrimental to the spiritual well-being for you said that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire. Let us remember that Satan is the father of lies. Don’t let him drive your car! Don’t let him take control! Lord God we thank you for helping all of us in the issues, habits, shortcomings and for bringing us to our true identity in Jesus Christ!
Heavenly Father, we are so grateful for the life, food, shelter, and for a sound mind. We praise and honor you for your blessings for there are many who are hurting, homeless, and hungry at this very moment…do not have a sound mind. We pray your grace surround them and supply all their needs. Father God, help us to always be grateful, and thankful, that according to Jeremiah 29:11, your plans for us are for good and not for disaster, to give us a future and a hope. Thank you for giving us the strength to hold on and be strong no matter how things may seem. And Lord, please give more strength to those who are weak and weary give them your joy in the name of Jesus we pray.
In 1 Corinthians 15:58 we are encouraged to be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” The Corinthian believers were listening to stories, ideas and beliefs that were different from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their faith was shaken, they were beginning to doubt what they were originally taught by Paul, the apostle.
Paul encouraged them to be steadfast and unmovable. He encouraged them to be spiritually strong and deeply rooted and grounded in the work and the word of the Lord. When we are steadfast, we know what we believe and nothing can persuade us otherwise. We are steadfast when we cannot be persuaded with false doctrine and every teaching we hear. Ephesians 4:14 says “We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” You see brothers and sisters, we are in those day where deceitful false teachers are coming out of the woodwork in great numbers. Paul was very disappointed that the Corinthians happily put up with whatever anyone told them even if they preached a different Jesus and a different spirit. (see 2 Corinthians 11:4)
There are many who listen to what sounds good to the ears, however, those who do not study the Bible to seek the truth can easily be led astray. For this reason God wants us to study the Bible. The Bible is the most power spiritual weapon we can depend on to keep us from going down with the enemy. It is high time to take it very seriously as to be able to fight the good fight of faith. Go ahead, dust your Bible off, take it out of hiding, pull it off the shelf and begin the journey… learning truth you have never known. Don’t wait until we’re in the thick of the battle to pull out your Bible. Amen and Amen!
WE cannot control that sinful nature inside us…that’s why Romans 5:6 tells us “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Grace is the sovereign (or superior) act of God by which we are drawn irresistibly to Him…Ephesians 1:5 says… “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
Back in the Biblical days, the Pharisees and Sadducee’ s (or holier than thou high priest) boasted of all their fasting and how much they prayed and let everyone know how self-righteous they were. They thought they kept the law, therefore, they felt as though they did not need a savior. Many of us are exactly like that for we boast of how we go to church on Sundays and how we are not a bad person and do not do this or that. Little did they know that Truth was standing in their midst.
Well, there is a story in Mark 10:17-22 about a man who came running to Jesus, and kneeled to Him and asked what he could do to inherit eternal life. The man referred to Jesus as Good Master and Jesus responded by saying Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God. (In other words, Jesus was telling the man that you must know that I am God) Jesus really had a way with word and made people account for every word that came out of their mouths.
Anyway, Jesus went on to explain that the law states do not kill, steal, bear false witness, defraud not and honor thy father and mother. Well the man told Jesus that he had observed all those things from his youth. Jesus then replied with love and said, there is one thing thou lackest, go thy way, sell whatsoever thou has, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come take up the cross and follow me. You see, this man did not understand that following Jesus was more profitable.
Well, that man went away sad, because he had much riches. Brothers and sisters, there was one law that this man could not fulfill and that is the law that states: thou shalt have no other god before thee. God was less important than his possessions. This man’s possessions were his god.
When we become true followers, we are justified because Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior fulfilled all of the requirements of the law. It is finished, only believe, repent and receive the precious gift of SALVATION! AMEN AND AMEN!
When we are born again, our spirit is born again, not our minds and body. Remember we are spirit beings that never die. The body dies and the spirit goes one of two places. A born again Christian has a new sinless spirit within that the old sinful nature hates. That nature hates that it resides right alongside the sinless spirit. The ultimate goal of the new spirit is to bring that old sinful nature into subjection and into alignment with what God says. However, the old sinful nature is not trying to hear all that nonsense. Romans 8:5 tells us: “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
You see brothers and sisters; our flesh (worldly way of thinking that is not in alignment with spiritual the spiritual realm) is our true enemy. It does not matter where we go, the flesh tags along trying to persuade us to go against the spirit within. Indeed the war inside hurts so bad to the point that many of us cry out in agony for relief from all the pulling and tugging that is going on. Galatians 5:17 states: “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” We have a choice people to either agree with the Holy Spirit within or disagree. The consequence we receive is typically based on the choice we made.
Truly, I believe that it is better to run, resist, hold back and do like 1Peter 2:11 (NLT)…Peter states: Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) reminds us: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Our sinful nature is up to no good. Listen to what Paul says in Romans 7:18: “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.”
Some of us think that we can take fire in your bosom and not get burned. Well, if you recently vowed to be celibate, be careful not to find yourself in the midst of a situation where your flesh will decide what it wants to do. You see, if we trust our flesh to be strong we fall prey to the trickery of the enemy. Many of us have not yet realized that our nature is to sin. We have SINNED much longer and we are a lot more prone to do what the flesh WANT US TO DO. Brothers and sisters, for this reason, God came and offered us the perfect solution.
Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, The Holy Ghost moves in and manifests His endless love for us. He guides us and enables us to do things better than we ever did before, He gives us massive self control, wisdom, discretion, insight and so much more! Nevertheless, we have to listen. When we give in to the prompts of the Holy Spirit, we are transformed in to new creations, fashioned just the way God wants us. That old sinful nature is bought into subjection and literally crucified.
We begin to do everything for the sake of Christ because we love him, not because we think it is just what we are suppose to do. We become the salt that adds flavor to all situations and the light that overcomes darkness. We soar like eagles and become fearless as lions. I do not know about you, but I believe “SALVATION” is the best gift anyone could ever receive…Only believe in Gods way and not my way and I receive power to become more than I thought I could ever be! However, most of all, I get to see my Maker…GOD, when I leave this wretched flesh. Wow! This is truly awesome!